The development of commercialised spectator sport in c19th: the example of Bradford and Glasgow

I am co-presenting with the celebrated sports historian, Wray Vamplew at the 2018 International Football History Conference in Manchester.

Our subject is the commercialisation of sport in the nineteenth century with a focus on what happened in Bradford and Glasgow. Both cities experienced a dramatic economic transformation in the second half of the century that impacted on all aspects of life including sport. The developments in the two cities were remarkably similar notwithstanding differences of geography, history, industrial activity and the dominant football code.

The event features a good number of speakers with a broad range of subject content. Further details can be found at:

I am co-authoring a publication with Wray on the subject later this year and details will be posted on this blog.

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